The High School

The High School

The High School introduces ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students to the heritage of the highly successful, traditional, liberal arts curriculum of OLGIS. The High School requires students to take courses in maths, science, social studies, and world languages like English, French, Arabic, Spanish or Italian.
The student age range at the beginning of the academic year for Grade 9 (3eme/Brevet) is: 14-15 years.
The student age range at the beginning of the academic year for Grade 10 (2nde)) is: 15-16 years.
The student age range at the beginning of the academic year for Grade 11 (1ere) is: 16-17 years.
The student age range at the beginning of the academic year for Grade 12 (Terminale) is: 17-18 years.
The OLGIS college-preparatory curriculum offers a balanced, well-rounded approach that allows students to be prepared to study any academic discipline they may select at any university. Though they may differ in talent, aptitude, ability, and background, students are continually challenged academically, encouraged to participate in various school-sponsored activities and athletic programs, and given opportunities to practice their core values as members of their respective communities.


Academic Requirements – 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Grades

The traditional OLGIS program leads to higher education apprenticeships or employment. Our well-rounded graduates acquire a broad educational background that prepares them to get into the top universities worldwide. Our Advanced Placement (AP) program challenges our students to excel in their studies and encourages both personal and academic achievement. Our aim is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring individuals who are motivated to succeed not only in their careers but also in their personal lives.

A. Required Courses for Graduation from OLGIS with Passing Grades
1. English 65%
2. Algebra I 65%
3. Algebra II 65%
4. Geometry 65%
5. Precalculus 65%
6. Calculus 65%
7. Physics 65%
8. Chemistry 65%
9. Biology 65%
10. Economics
11. Social Studies 65% 
12. World Language – French 60%
13. World Language – Arabic 60%
14. Word Language – Spanish 60%
15. Fine Arts 60%
16. Physical Education (PE) 60%
17. Computer 65%
In addition, a 90-hour yearly project must be completed in each of 10th, 11th and 12th Grade for a total of 270 hours. This includes community service, volunteer work, career exploration, and cultural exchange programs.
B. The student must achieve a minimum cumulative average of 60% for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades in order to obtain the school recommendation for university.
C. All 12th grade students must have taken one standardized achievement test (ACT or SAT) and have the results sent to OLGIS before the end of January of their 12th grade year.
D. Academic honesty is expected of all OLGIS students.
E. Students must live with at least one parent or guardian in order to attend classes at OLGIS.
F. The grading scale is as follows: 
Letter Grade | Percent Grade | 4.0 GPA Scale
A+ | 97-100 | 4.0
A | 93-96 | 3.9
A- | 90-92 | 3.7
B+ | 87-89 | 3.3
B | 83-86 | 3.0
B- | 80-82 | 2.7
C+ | 77-79 | 2.3
C | 73-76 | 2.0
C- | 70-72 | 1.7
D+ | 67-69 | 1.3
D | 65-66 | 1.0
E/F | Below 65 | 0.0
PS. The letter grade “I” means “incomplete.” This grade may appear on periodic report cards. Within two weeks, the grade will be changed to a passing or failing letter grade, depending on the student’s fulfillment of inadequacies.
G. Grade 12 students are encouraged to apply to a maximum of three universities. Any student wishing to apply to more than three universities will be charged $15 for each additional application. 


 AP Program
The Advanced Placement (AP) program plays an integral role in the curriculum of OLGIS. OLGIS offers AP courses as most challenging academic experiences. Many universities offer placement or credit based on students’ scores on the AP Exams. OLGIS recognizes the advanced nature of these courses with a weighted GPA calculation.
Criteria for assigning college placement or credit vary from course to course and from one university to another. The College Board provides an index of these policies on their website. The true value of the AP experience lies in the university-level skills and content the student learns while he or she is still in High School. A student’s grade in an AP course reflects his or her performance in the course itself (exams, essays, labs, assignments, etc.) and is distinct from the AP Exam score.
Admission to AP courses at OLGIS is based on teacher recommendations, PSAT scores, and grades in previous classes. The faculty and academic advisors discuss these procedures with students every year in their classes and through individual conferences.
By enrolling in the AP program, a student acknowledges its rigorous nature and agrees to give his or her best effort to succeed in it - both in the class and on the AP Exam. All students enrolled in an AP course will take the AP exam.
More information about the AP program is available at
Some AP Course Offerings:
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
English Language & Composition
English Literature & Composition
European History
U.S. History
French Language